Akakura Kanko Resort resort review (Myoko City, Niigata)

Akakura Kanko Resort
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by Bushiman on 27th November 2015
Great potential, just need the right conditions...
I like Akakura Kanko, but I'd like it a lot more if I could hit it with the right conditions... Being a weekend warrior, that seems to have eluded me so far... But still, it's a great resort!

Akakura Kanko is a large resort with plenty of slopes, and lots of fun terrain out in the designated 'off-piste' section. The cool thing about Kanko is that even if the conditions aren't the best (like when I went), there's plenty of mellow tree runs to do that will keep you entertained for the whole day. Now, if only I could get there on a bottomless pow day, as there are some awesome looking steeps, pillows, chutes, cliffs that I would love to get my teeth into... And they're not all just concentrated in one area. There are zones all over this resort that would be incredible given the right conditions...

The resort itself stays open well into late spring, so sunny corn skiing on pretty much empty slopes is a blast! The park is decent with a good variety of kickers, plus a box or 2. The lifts are quick, and even during mid-winter, I've never experienced much of a queue.
Oh, and the food is pretty good, too, with very large portions, and an outdoor deck to chill on during the spring.

The hike up from the top lift is well walked. So without needing to go back to the car and fetch my snowshoes, I was able to boot it up to the top ridge line just below Sakiyama in about 30~40mins. This gives you a real nice, well spaced tree run back down into the designated 'off-piste' zone and an easy out back to the resort...

Access is super easy off the highway, and parking is right parallel to the lowest bunny slope so very little walking is needed. If you get the right spot, you can ski in, ski out from your car!

Fingers crossed for the right conditions this year!
Date visited: No specific date.
Snow condition on visit: 20~25cm fresh on crust...
Things I liked: Great terrain. Good access. Not so crowded.
Things I didn't like: Not the best conditions on the day.
Recommended for: Beginner riders
Intermediate riders
Advanced riders
Snow Park
Off-piste opportunities
Not recommended for: Ungroomed courses
General score: 75
Snow conditions: 35
Courses/Terrain: 75
Lift system: 75

Akakura Kanko Resort

Myoko City, Niigata
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Average Rankings

General score: 70
Snow conditions: 61
Courses/Terrain: 69
Lift system: 61
Apres ski: 50

Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 1500m
Min. elevation: 740m
Vertical: 760m
Steepest slope: 32°
Longest course: 4500m
Number of lifts: 7

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